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Greyhound Friends, Inc. is a non-profit organization located in Hopkinton, Massachusetts, dedicated to saving racetrack greyhounds and placing them in responsible, loving homes.  While we are predominantly a greyhound adoption group, we also help some non-greyhounds rescued from kill shelters or other high-risk situations in other parts of the country, where their chances for adoption are slim.

We invite you to learn more about us by reading our website and visiting our kennel at 167 Saddle Hill Rd, in Hopkinton, MA. We're open

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  Apr 5  PETCO - Shrewsbury 11 am-2 pm space
  Apr 5  Pet Supplies Plus - West Roxbury 3pm-5pm space
  Apr 11  Pet Supplies Plus Brighton 11am-2pm space
  Apr 12  Annual Meeting 1pm-3pm space
  Apr 18  Especially for Pets in Wayland 1pm-3pm space
  Apr 18  PETCO - Leominster 10am-1pm space
  May 3  Paws in the Park - Sudbury 10am-3pm space
  May 3  Pet Supplies Plus - West Roxbury 4pm-6pm space
  May 9  Pet Supplies Plus, Brighton 11am-2pm space
  May 16  Especially for Pets in Wayland 1pm-3pm space
  May 16  Spring Open House 12pm-4pm space
  May 17  Spring Open House 12pm-4pm space
  May 23  PETCO - Leominster 10 am-1 pm space
  Jun 7  Pet Supplies Plus - West Roxbury 3pm-5pm space
  Jun 13  Blessing of the Pets - Marlborough 12pm-6pm space
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Announcing Spring Open House & Other Events....

Please Support Us in the Boston Globe GRANT Program

As part of the Boston Globe GRANT (Globe Readers and Non-profits Together) program, Boston Globe subscribers recently received a voucher in the mail enabling them to allocate either $50 or $100 (depending upon subscription type) to the 501(c)(3) charity of their choice. Subscribers simply fill in the voucher with the name of the preferred organization and either submit online or mail it to the Globe where vouchers will be tallied. These vouchers can then be redeemed by the charity for free advertising space in the newspaper. The more vouchers submitted, the larger the ad. Remember, there is no cost to the subscriber. Vouchers will be collected through April 30, 2015. For more information, please go to www.BostonGlobe.com/GRANT. Greyhound Friends appreciates your support!


Spring is Almost Here!!

With the start of a new season, several new dogs have recently arrived at Greyhound Friends. They're all beautiful, lovable and ready to find homes. Come check them out!



Little Joe & Blake

Little Joe & Blake,newcomers from the Midwest, find that the New England snow is a wonderful novelty...

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How Greyhound Friends Deals with the Winter

Check out this story that appeared on Fox 25 local news about our winter storm preparation!



Dedicated Employees Ensure Dogs are Safe

Click on the link to read about the lengths our staff will go to ensure the safety of dogs at the kennel, even under the worst weather conditions.



Even our Mascot is Buried...


Our Resident Rabbit

This white bunny lives next door to the kennel and comes over several times a day to eat.  We haven't figured out how a bunny has been able to visit so often over the course of about two years and live to tell the tale. His presence does lend a sort of Alice in Wonderland ambiance to the place.........


Please Help - New Dryer Needed!

Our stalwart industrial dryer has quit after ten years of service of drying bedding for the dogs and must be replaced. As we are in dire need of a new one, we have established a new dryer fund and are seeking contributions. Please help by contributing on our web site http://www.greyhound.org/donations.cfm or sending a check to the kennel: 167 Saddle Hill Road Hopkinton, MA 01748

Contributions may also be used to pay our sizable electric bill, which we try quite hard to reduce by hanging laundry all over the kennel and in the warm weather outside. Thank you for your generous support of the dogs during this hard winter.



Pet Parade

Greyhound Friends was recently featured on the "Pet Parade" segment of the Boston local news, generating some great publicity for us. Good job by Louise Coleman and Ann Marie Rakovic showcasing these wonderful pets!


Today's Blizzard

The dogs at Greyhound Friends are weathering the storm just fine. Two staff members graciously volunteered to stay over at the kennel last night & will remain there until the storm has passed. All dogs are fed, warm & dry, although not necessarily enthusiastic about venturing outside, as illustrated in the link below...

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Peet's Coffee Fundraiser

Thank you to everyone who donated at the Peet's Coffee fundraiser for Greyhound Friends! Please click on the link for more on this story.



Please Donate a Kuranda Bed!

Greyhound Friends is now able to receive donated "Kuranda" beds. These sturdy, comfy, elevated beds would be desirable in any dog's kennel. Please click on the link below to provide a bed to a dog who would truly appreciate your generosity:



Documentary Video of Greyhound Life in Argentina

Photo journalist John Mottern recently made a trip to Argentina to document the plight of the greyhounds in that area. Greyhound Friends has expanded our rescue efforts to shed light on the unfortunate situation that occurs when dogs from the U.S. are transported overseas to countries where racing is still popular. Unfortunately for them, they will likely never know a loving home.  

Please note the video contains some graphic images that may be disturbing to some viewers.



Holiday Message from Louise

Thank you everyone for all your support - given in so many ways.   Everything you contribute helps consolidate Greyhound Friends efforts.  We bring in greyhounds,  hounds, lurchers,  and the occasional galgo and  find them good homes.  Our second major endeavor is promoting greyhound, hound, galgo, and lurcher welfare.

Please continue contributing.   We, of course, will keep on working.  Our latest newsletter is on this website.

 Best Wishes, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!


Louise Coleman Named "Dogster Hero"

Please click the link below for an informative article on www.dogster.com regarding Louise, the history of Greyhound Friends, and the shelter's rescue efforts in the midwest and overseas as well.



Greyhound Friends Advocates for Dogs in Argentina

Greyhound Friends supporter, John Mottern, is presently in Argentina documenting the horrific conditions that dogs must endure. Please join Greyhound Friends in our mission to expose these atrocities, and advocate for better lives for these dogs. Click "Read More" to find out how you can help.

Thank You for Your Donations!

Thank you to everyone for your generous donations! We're so appreciative of all the dog food, cleaning supplies and thrift store items just to name a few. We are still in need of more dog food though and would be grateful for any additional donations. Thank you again - we couldn't make it without you!


Our Amazon Wish List

Greyhound Friends has a kennel Wish List on Amazon.com.  If you're an Amazon.com user - especially if you have a Prime account - please consider donating some Wish List items to keep our operating costs as low as possible. These are items we need all the time - from dog food to cleaning supplies.

In addition, if you sign up for the "Amazon Smile" program and select Greyhound Friends as your charity of choice, Amazon will send us 0.5% of any eligible purchase you make! Eligible products are marked "Eligible for Amazon Smile Donation" so you can select them as you shop using your existing Amazon account.

Thank you for your ongoing support!


A Video Tour of Greyhound Friends

Check out our new video tour!  Created at the request of a foundation as part of a grant proposal, this video is a wonderful introduction to the Greyhound Friends shelter and what we do here.

  Many thanks to volunteer Christine Wilson for creating this piece.


Items Needed for Thrift Store

Greyhound Friends operates a thrift store - Second Chances - in Natick Center.  Donated items are sold and all profits go to support our kennel operations.   (Please click the link for store hours, news, etc.)
The shop is in need of new donations, such as unique jewelry, kitchen items, home décor, books, artwork, clothes/shoes and vintage/antique pieces of small furniture. Glass and dishware items are also gratefully accepted. Spring items are selling especially well right now.
Donations can be dropped off at the Greyhound Friends kennel or at Second Chances - located at 6 W. Central Street in Natick (right at the intersection of Rts. 135 and 27).  Thank you!!!

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